The Middle East’s leading solar energy conference, Intersolar, takes place this September in Dubai … and we’ll be there! CleanTechnica is a 2017 Media Partner.
At InterSolar Middle East 2017 there will be a special session on electric vehicles (EV)s underlining their growing importance globally, in the UAE, and around the Middle East. This special e-mobility session is hosted in partnership with GlobalEVRT. Ben Pullen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Global EVRT and our own Zachary Shahan, Director of CleanTechnica, will be presenting on September 27 at 1:30pm, talking about “The Electric Vehicle Market Today & in 2020.” Our team is looking forward to being a part of this vibrant event for the first time!
Below is a press release from InterSolar Middle East that looks at their focus on EVs and EV development in the region. Click here to read the press release in Arabic!
Making the Middle East a Hub for Electric Vehicle Development
Intersolar’s host city, Dubai, is quickly becoming a regional leader for the adoption of EVs. A new incentive program was launched by the Ministry of Energy in May. It will encourage motorists to buy new zero-carbon-emission electric vehicles through green bank loans, green insurance plans, attractive EV prices and green registration of vehicles.
“We are working on a road map to expedite a 15% reduction by 2020 of carbon emissions,” said UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammad Faraj Al Mazroui, whose plan also includes 10% and 20% targets for EV adoption within the government’s own fleet. Al Mazroui was present for the signing of 10 new agreements that will support the UAE in reaching this ambitious goal.
“The new platform is also good news for consumers,” added Al Mazroui, “because it is cooperating with banks, car companies and insurance firms to help educate potential electric vehicle buyers on the benefits of going green to reduce greenhouse gases in the UAE.”
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, also met with council members who together ratified a similar incentive program to promote the use of electric cars in Dubai specifically. Crucially, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will double its electric vehicle charging stations to 200 across Dubai to complete the second phase of their Green Charger initiative.
“Through this initiative, Dewa aims to encourage people to use sustainable transportation of hybrid and electric vehicles, to help reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector, which is the second highest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Dubai,” explained Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.
These programs have already sparked the interest of the private sector. Tesla is set to open its first service center in Dubai, after taking an order for 200 Model S and Model X electric vehicles for the city’s taxi and government fleet. The police department there has commissioned a fleet of BMW i3 electric cars, while Volkswagen, Toyota, Renault and Lexus are actively testing zero emission vehicles in the region.
All the pieces of the UAE’s EV puzzle are falling into place and Intersolar’s special conference session will frame this important issue. On Wednesday, September 27th, delegates will learn about recent and future market developments in the world’s leading electric vehicle markets. They will network and discuss the best strategies and collaborations to drive their businesses and the UAE into a prosperous electric mobility future.
“The special EV session of the Intersolar Middle East Conference will address the possible expansion scenarios to be examined, including domestic strategies to stimulate demand for electric vehicles, existing support schemes and legislative factors,” said Stephane Le Gentil, CEO at Clean Energy Business Council, who organizes the EV session. “All the latest EV technology developments and anticipated regional trajectories will be discussed with knowledge and purpose.”
More about InterSolar International Solar Events
With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.
Intersolar Middle East is the international conference for the solar industry of the Middle East. In 2017, it takes place at the 5-star Conrad Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The event’s conference focusses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, and energy storage systems. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry.
With 25 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world’s most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, São Paulo, and Dubai. These global events are complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which take place in emerging and growing markets worldwide. Intersolar Middle East is organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI).
This post was sponsored by InterSolar; images courtesy of InterSolar
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